Screening scheme in Goldthorpe to help prevent fatalities

Brian Walford, one of the men screened on the day and Simon Lindley, AAA Screening Technician.
Brian Walford, one of the men screened on the day and Simon Lindley, AAA Screening Technician.

A total of 17 men have received the all clear from a symptomless yet potentially fatal condition thanks to the Goldthorpe Community Shop.

he shop was instrumental in setting up a mobile Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening clinic.

The clinic took place in the Health Bus, which visited locations across Goldthorpe. A AAA is a swelling of the main blood vessel in the body, the aorta, which weakens and expands. There are no symptoms and if left untreated the swelling can lead to a rupture and a serious risk of death from internal bleeding.

Helen McAlinney, AAA programme Lead for AAA screening said: “It is crucial that as many men as possible who are 65 and over are able to take up the AAA screening – there are no symptoms so a quick five minute scan could be a lifesaver.”

Men aged over 65 who have not been screened can call 01709 649100.